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Gregory A. Freeman The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Last updated: July 8, 2019


"The Forgotten 500" by Gregory A. Freeman chronicles an unbelievable rescue that took place against unbeatable odds. The story reveals details that remained hidden from the public for decades. However, some of the verifiable historical facts appear to be inaccurate.

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Product Details

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Gregory A. Freeman The Forgotten 500 placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer and a leader in the field of narrative nonfiction. Known for books that make a true story read like a gripping, fast-paced novel, his works include The Forgotten 500, The Gathering Wind, Sailors to the End, Troubled Water, and The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys. He lives in the Atlanta area.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

This daring operation remained largely unknown for six decades afterward, due to government red tape, political machinations, and lack of public interest. It was stored mainly in top-secret files and the minds of the men who experienced it. Now, drawing on recently declassified documents in the United States, Britain, and former Yugoslavia, The Forgotten 500 brings Halyard into the revealing light of day.
The Forgotten 500 successfully achieved its goal of telling the story of a large rescue operation that was unjustifiably unknown and the gallantry of anonymous Serbs who played small but nevertheless important parts in the ultimate defeat of Germany.
The best part of the book was getting to know some of the personalities involved, and learning about the incredible rescue that took place against unbelievable odds.

What reviewers didn't like

In the latter part of the book, Freeman spent many pages on Mihailovic, whom he spoke of with favoring bias; stress was placed on his stern anti-Communist stance, his loyalty toward the Yugoslavian monarchy, and how he was abandoned by the Western Allies as the result of international politics, but the author also conveniently left out Mihailovic's brutality against Croats and Muslims.
The storytelling was repetitive and occasionally clunky, and reviews seem to indicate that he gets some of the easily verifiable historical facts incorrect.
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